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    Everything I need to know I learned from YouTube!

    I've done quite a few "fix it" things that I otherwise would have paid lots of money for someone else to do simply because I had no knowledge of the "how". But I was able to do them just from watching YouTube videos.

    So, thought I'd ask others to see what they've done and how much they think it saved them.

    Today: Disc brake pads on all four wheels. Never done it and I've always paid a shop to do it. It's actually pretty easy. I ended up having to replace my two front two calipers due to the caliper seals being torn, but got it done AND bled the brakes, which I learned to do from another YouTube video. I figure doing this myself saved me about $150 in labor and parts mark up.

    The video below was very helpful when I got to the rear brakes.

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    Re: Everything I need to know I learned from YouTube!

    YouTube has helped me a lot with computer stuff. A lot easier than finding someone to help all the time.



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    Re: Everything I need to know I learned from YouTube!

    Computer stuff for me as well, going to try to use a video to help with auto project.


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    Re: Everything I need to know I learned from YouTube!

    In the same vein, it's probably worth paying someone else doing drum brakes. **** all those springs, **** that cinderblock wall I threw hammers at in frustration, and **** cars that still use drum brakes.


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    Re: Everything I need to know I learned from YouTube!

    Made a raised garden box last weekend from youtube.


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    Re: Everything I need to know I learned from YouTube!

    Quote Originally Posted by CRcyclone6 View Post
    Made a raised garden box last weekend from youtube.
    Link?



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    Re: Everything I need to know I learned from YouTube!

    Replaced the belt on our dryer this winter. YouTube video helped me do it in less than 1/2 hour.



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    Re: Everything I need to know I learned from YouTube!

    Quote Originally Posted by isuska View Post
    Link?
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    Here is one. There are tons of videos out there.


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    Re: Everything I need to know I learned from YouTube!

    I lived in Ames for about 7 years, thought I knew it pretty well, buy recently learned a lot more about it on YouTube.



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    Re: Everything I need to know I learned from YouTube!

    I installed a new vanity, shower, and fixtures in my bathroom with the help of YouTube.



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    Re: Everything I need to know I learned from YouTube!

    Sounds like amazing stuff. What lengths and diameters does this youtube stuff come in? Does Home Depot carry it.



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    Re: Everything I need to know I learned from YouTube!

    Quote Originally Posted by im4cyclones View Post
    I installed a new vanity, shower, and fixtures in my bathroom with the help of YouTube.
    Is like to do this at some point, but it's low on the priority list right now. I plan on finishing my basement first... Wonder how much YouTube will help with that!



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    Re: Everything I need to know I learned from YouTube!

    Quote Originally Posted by urb1 View Post
    Replaced the belt on our dryer this winter. YouTube video helped me do it in less than 1/2 hour.
    My dad did a stint as a HVAC guy and he also installed gas dryers for people. I remember him telling me how often people just toss out their washer/dryer and buy new when all they need to do is replace a belt or heating coil. Oh, and at $40 an hour + parts it's typically so much cheaper to just to replace a part yourself AND you know how to do it if the part goes bad again.



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    Re: Everything I need to know I learned from YouTube!

    I put on all the cabinet hardware some years back. We had high-end custom cabinets at the time so I really didn't want to screw it up. I did something similar to the video below. Of course you can buy a jig, but I just used a piece of paper to knock out this "professional" installation.

    http://youtu.be/vd8kM0ebvGo



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    Re: Everything I need to know I learned from YouTube!

    Ran into this problem a couple of years ago with the AC on my furnace and it was a holiday weekend - might have even been Memorial Day weekend. It was not blowing any air. Went down to the basement and opened the panel and the coil was a block of ice.

    I checked the filter and it had come loose on the bottom and it was bent upwards blocking the air going up to the coil instead if filtering it. Anyway, I stood there with a blow dryer and towels while I defrosted it. 3-4 hours later I had a nice flow of cold air again and haven't had the problem since. Watching a YouTube video saved me quite a bit of money.

    http://youtu.be/bQDE6t5L0iU



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